Hundreds of Bartow parents, business representatives and guests went on a treasure hunt Thursday at Bartow Elementary Academy to learn how a $500,000 federal grant was tapped for science, technology, engineering and math class improvements.
The treasure hunt also was to glean community support for the programs started in 2010, when the Magnet School Assistance Program grant was obtained. STEM Coordinator Reba Coil told the group that in addition to providing technology equipment for every classroom in the kindergarten to fifth grade school, the grant funds also paid for the installation and maintenance of a self-sustainable outdoor science classroom, a new STEM and robotics lab and a curriculum infused with engineering concepts and designs.
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